Community and volunteer involvement in language learning

Today we ran our second oral conversation session for the year. We provide three languages:
Arabic
Italian
Vietnamese
Our conversation sessions are a big part of the program and we value the support of our local community members.

Meryem was one of mums here taking a small Arabic group. They were learning “I like…” and “I don’t like…” I was most impressed with just how quickly the students were able to pick up the phrases.

Grade 6 office helpers

Grade 6 students are a big part of our school and we look to them for student leadership and good role modelling. Last week Christina, our business manager, suggested that we have a few helpers in the office as a way to grow their leadership in the school.

The students are able to help in a number of ways such as answering the phone, greeting visitors at the reception desk, or sorting out supplies and uniforms. Jamal and Adam have enjoyed their office support and can be seen here collating returned permission forms.

The students will receive a signed reference letter for their contribution to the running of the office. Well done grade 6!

Language Learning with fun!

When we introduced our languages program, we knew it was going to be fun, but we had no idea just how good the program was going to be!  We use Rosetta Stone to deliver part of the program.  This is an online program that builds skills through-

  • Interactive speaking activities.
  • Milestones at the end of each unit which simulate real-life conversations.
  • Interactive grammar and spelling activities that reinforce lessons.

Our students, with the support of their families, get to choose the language they would like to study.  This helps to create a more pesonalised approach to language learning that also connects with their community language.  The three languages are –

  • Arabic
  • Vietnamese
  • Italian

We also offer English for our new arrivals.

Arabic with Zakiya and Asha

Another part of our program is the Oral Conversation times.  Our whole school splits into language focus groups with mixed year levels.  We have community volunteers who are native speakers or accomplished speakers in the language, coming in to engage in some fun conversations.

Each week we have more and more community volunteers offering their help.  If you would like to help too you can contact the school.